Location: Eugene, OR
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Jan 1, 2013 at 5:17pm
Blanc de Noirs 2008
Lists: Top Oregon Sparkling Wines
Added Jan 1, 2013 at 5:08pmBlanc de Noir is a French term for "white wine from red grapes." Although the varietal of red grape used to make this sparkling wine isn't listed, I'm assuming the winemaker used Pinot Noir since most of the fruit comes from their estate (and King Estate is located in the Willamette Valley). I enjoyed this sparkling wine in the last few minutes of 2012, alongside a plate full of Oregon Dungeness Crab and drawn butter. The pairing was ambrosial. Being aged sur lie for 26 months prior to riddling and disgorging, adds complexity to the honeycrisp apple and lemon zest aroma and flavors. The zesty lemon qualities are exactly why this sparkling wine was an immaculate match with Oregon Dungeness Crab.
Nov 12, 2012 at 12:58am
Added Nov 12, 2012 at 12:55amThis Pinot Noir showcases Oregon’s fruity berry and cherry aromas to perfection. On the palate, the berry, earth and pie spice flavors are truly seamless and flow effortlessly from front to back. Luscious, juicy and elegant, the finish is long with incredibly silky, smooth tannins. Extremely well balanced and positively enjoyable, this is so my kind of Pinot. I absolutely love it! Without a doubt, I’ll be popping the cork on one of these bottles come Thanksgiving. Cheers.
Nov 12, 2012 at 12:56am
Added Nov 4, 2012 at 1:11amAromas of dark cherries, marionberries and cinnamon follow through onto the palate with additional forest floor and pie spice flavors. Luscious and juicy mid-palate, the finish is lively and vibrant, and the balance between acidity and tannins is simply ambrosial. This is truly an excellent representation of the unique terroir of the Willamette Valley. Drink now because it’s incredible, but it is definitely age worthy if you have more will power than I do.
Nov 12, 2012 at 12:55am
Added Nov 3, 2012 at 11:58pmThis Pinot is a gorgeous garnet hue in the glass. After decanting for about 45 minutes, vibrant cherry and savory earthy aromas followed through on the palate with the addition of golden raisins, pie spice and tobacco leaf – super juicy and luscious in the mouth. With excellent concentration and structure, this Pinot could age beautifully. But, it’s so delicious now that it’s not one I could easily hold on to.
Nov 4, 2012 at 1:13am
Added Nov 3, 2012 at 11:53pmShowcases bright fruit aromas like cranberries and cherries along with a tantalizing and alluring smokiness. Flavors of dark cherry, plums and earth with a hint of pepper on the lingering, juicy finish is down-right delicious. This is really enjoyable now, but has the structure to age a bit too. Another 2010 Pinot Noir from the North Willamette Valley that hits home with my palate, cheers.
Oct 24, 2012 at 1:58am
Sep 29, 2012 at 12:52am
Added Sep 29, 2012 at 12:50amShowcases gorgeous aromas of sweet, ripe pears and honey crisp apples. Velvety smooth in the mouth, flavors of lemon pie and butterscotch were rounded out with bright, lively acidity. Oregon Chardonnay at it's finest, love it!
Sep 29, 2012 at 12:49am
Added Sep 29, 2012 at 12:47amFull-bodied, lush Chardonnay with aromas and flavors of pears, apples and butterscotch with flavors to match. Heavenly on the palate, silky smooth, well rounded, crisp, refreshing acidity. HELLO Oregon Chardonnay!
Sep 29, 2012 at 12:46am
Added Sep 29, 2012 at 12:45amBefore sharing my tasting notes on this wine, let me just say I’m relieved my wine geekiness/giddiness did not show too badly when sharing a table with Robert Brittan. He’s a wine making legend out of Napa Valley. For 16 years, Brittan was the winemaker and vineyard manager at the highly acclaimed Stag’s Leap Winery in Napa. Before that, he made wines for Far Niente and Saint Andrews, also in Napa. In my beginning years of enjoying wine, I absolutely loved Napa Valley’s Far Niente Chardonnay. I would scrounge up pennies to put towards a rare purchase of the wine I loved most of all, one that was not easily affordable for a young twenty-something wine enthusiast. With 30 years of experience behind him, Brittan left Napa to fulfill a dream of making Pinot Noir and other cool climate varietals, like cool-climate Chardonnay, in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. I was about to taste an Oregon Chardonnay produced by legendary Napa Chardonnay producer, Robert Brittan – yes, I was excited. And, the fact that a legendary producer such as Brittan would leave Napa for Oregon…well, that says a whole lot about Oregon and Oregon wine. Brittan Vineyards 2010 Willamette Valley Chardonnay was spectacular. Aromas of key lime pie, caramel and hazelnuts led to lush, rich, complex flavors to match. The balance between acidity and creaminess was outstanding, and a phenomenal structure gave way to incredible zestiness along with a flourishing, elegant finish.
Sep 29, 2012 at 12:44am
Added Sep 29, 2012 at 12:42amThis single vineyard Chardonnay is proof that Oregon Chardonnays can hold their own and age extremely well. With up front beautiful aromas of fall spices, lemon cake and caramel, tropical fruit flavors with a lush mouthfeel and long toasty finish = extremely palatable and ambrosial.